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Commonwealth Games (CWG) are over but Delhiites are still reaping the benefits!

In April last year, the Sports Authority of India opened its stadiums to students and people at large which saw about 13,000 enthusiasts participating in various sports like swimming, hockey, cricket, badminton, cycling, gymnastics and shooting. Thereafter, the authorities allowed government schools, colleges and universities to use five of its stadiums where CWG were held.

Metrolife catches up with some of these sports lovers and finds out how these swanky sports facilities have changed their life and sporting ambitions.

Nisha Negi, a Std XII student of Lady Irwin School and an athlete, says, “I used to visit the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium even before it was renovated for CWG, but there’s a world’s difference in the facilities I see now. Everything is new and better. We have every kind of sports equipment available here. The javelin we use here costs Rs 1.5 lakh, the one kg discus costs Rs 16,000 and the ball used for shot put costs Rs 6,000. It feels like an honour to be using such fine sports equipment.”

Her fellow athlete Vikas Baisoya from Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Defence Colony adds, “For me, what matters the most is that these sports equipment were used by the world’s top sportspersons during the CWG. Playing with the same equipment makes me feel like I am closer to them and their achievements in the world of sports.”

Stadiums like Jawaharlal Nehru, Karni Singh Shooting range, S P Mukharjee swimming complex, Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium and Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium have been opened for the public.

Udit Bakshi, a student of Delhi University, informs, “I play hurdles. Before the renovation, there were mud tracks here. Now, we have a synthetic track which is great because all international hurdle events are held on synthetic track. So we are training for the top contests right-away.” He adds the air-conditioned restrooms and world-class lighting system are also very helpful.

Yudhishtir Kumar, a badminton player, says, “I have got the best coach of my life here. He’s my idol and I hope these premium facilities and a brilliant coach help me become a world-class sportsperson one day.”

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